Maria Takolander won the inaugural Australian Book Review Short Story Competition in 2010 and was shortlisted for the inaugural Australian Book Review Poetry Prize in 2005. She is a regular reviewer for Australian Book Review. She is the author of a book of poems, Ghostly Subjects (Salt 2009), which was shortlisted for a Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize in 2010, and a book of literary criticism, Catching Butterflies: Bringing Magical Realism to Ground (Peter Lang, 2007). Her poetry, fiction, and essays have been widely published. She is a Senior Lecturer in literary studies and creative writing at Deakin University in Geelong.